South Carolina

SC Dept. of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR); South Carolina Building Code Council (SCBCC)

Current Codes and Edition Adopted:
2018 International Building Code (IBC), with state amendments
2018 International Residential Code (IRC), with state amendments
2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), with state amendments
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

State code must be enforced in local jurisdictions.

Tall Mass Timber Adoption

The tall mass timber provisions went into effect in 2023.

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

Amendments are relatively few. Local communities can opt out of enforcement, but cannot enforce outside of the state codes; local amendments are OK if approved by the SCBCC.

Expected date most recent code will be adopted:

South Carolina is expected to adopt the 2021 codes In January 2023. 

Next Update Cycle (amendment opportunities):

It is anticipated that the Building Code Council will consider the 2021 International Codes for adoption beginning in fall 2020 or spring 2021, with adoption in late 2021, and an effective date of Jan. 1, 2022. These dates may change.


Page last updated: January 2022